Forsberg, Senators hold off Maple Leafs to win season opener


OTTAWA Anton Forsberg made 46 saves for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 season-opening win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Alex Formenton, Tyler Ennis and Chris Tierney scored first-period goals for the Senators, who were without forward Brady Tkachuk. Hours before puck drop, Tkachuk, who missed training camp, signed a seven-year, $57.5 million contract.

Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs (1-1-0). Jack Campbell made 10 saves after replacing Petr Mrazek, who allowed three goals on 26 shots before leaving with a groin injury.

Tierney redirected a centering pass from Nick Holden with his skate to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 8:31 of the first period.

Thomas Chabot‘s point shot deflected off Ennis’ chest to make it 2-0 at 18:58.

Formenton’s slap shot deflected off Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl into the top right corner to make it 3-0 with one second remaining in the period.

Spezza’s slap shot on the power play made it 3-1 at 3:11 of the third period. Nylander took a cross-ice pass from Spezza and scored with a wrist shot from the slot on the power play to make it 3-2 at 8:50.

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